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2020 AAACE Annual Conference (Virtual)

69th Annual AAACE Conference Improving Social Engagement Through Adult Education

 Export to Your Calendar 10/27/2020 to 10/30/2020
When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Where: Virtual
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/28/2020
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69th Annual AAACE Conference

Improving Social Engagement Through
Adult Education

October 27-30, 2020

Commission on Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) Pre-Conference:  October 27
AAACE Conference:  October 28 - October 30

The current state of social engagement, public and private, in our society, requires urgent attention. An observation of the discourse around us results in three apparent issues. First, it is easy to see our dialogue as divisive wherein the voicing of personal opinions is seen as an attack rather than an opportunity for debate or dialogue. Second, the expression of differing values creates enemies of the “right” and “wrong” person rather than opportunities for mutual respect. Third, and perhaps the most important, is the general lack of discourse itself. Additionally, there can be many factors that have contributed to the decline in the nature of discourse in our lives and our society such as our deep perceptions of what is right and wrong with others’ religion, politics, economic philosophy, and other ideologies. The question becomes, how can we avoid this and improve discourse through adult education?

The answer to this can be found in the answers of several questions. What is important for adult educators to “do” in the various adult education contexts, such communities of practice, the workplace, academia, and social media, that creates opportunities for improved discourse? How can those lessons be transferred into the community? How can adult education theories and practices be harnessed into a guiding force for constructive dialogue and mutual respect? How can adult education give a voice to the voiceless who have ceased engaging in discourse for fear of marginalization?

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